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THE IFP/CHICAGO FACETS FILM SERIES PRESENTS
THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD
"Not to be missed" -Chicago Reader
"A wonderfully nutty musical drama...from a remarkable filmmaker... A
strange, finely-wrought movie... It slayed me!" -Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
"A higher rate of invention per frame than the majority of his peers can muster." -The Onion
"½ The effect is strange and delightful; somehow the style lends quasi-credibility to a story that is entirely preposterous" -Roger Ebert
"Sadness is just happiness turned on its ass; it's all show biz."
It's 1933 in Winnipeg and the Great Depression is in full bloom. Beer
Baroness Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) announces a global
competition to determine the saddest music in the world, and musicians from
across the globe pour into town to vie for the whopping $25,000 prize.
Sobbing Mexican Mariachis, dour Scottish Bagpipers, woeful West African
drummers and numerous other grief-stricken ensembles give it their all.
Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Chester Kent (Mark McKinney) and his
amnesiac girlfriend Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros) return home to finds
themselves embroiled in
a family reunion as treacherous and twisted as the competition itself.
musical melodrama, part tongue-in-cheek social satire, Guy Maddin's
expressionistic film achieves a level of lunacy rarely seen since the Marx
Brothers. Guy Maddin is a true visionary artist, who holds a unique place in
the pantheon of world cinema. Who else would spin such a florid yarn about
amputee beer baronesses with beer-filled glass legs, failed Broadway
empressarios, lonely cello players and somnambulistic nymphomaniacs, and set
the whole thing in 1930s Winnipeg?
Directed by Guy Maddin, 2003,
Canada, 35mm, 99 mins.
The Filmmaker's Workshop will begin at 6pm. FREE for IFP, NATAS and Facets members. $5 for all others.